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You’ve read it, enjoyed it, now donate it!

Written by jen, 22nd October 2009

READ International will be holding a fiction/non-fiction book sale on 25th November in the University of Liverpool's Guild of Students in order to raise funds towards our annual £7,500 target and we really need your help.




• SYDNEY JONES LIBRARY (Tues 20th Oct - Sun 25th Oct) - University of Liverpool

• HAROLD COHEN LIBRARY (Mon 26th Oct - Sun 31st Oct) - University of Liverpool

• THE LAW BUILDING - University of Liverpool

• ELEANOR RATHBONE BUILDING - University of Liverpool

• CYPRESS BUILDING - University of Liverpool

CDs, DVDs etc. also welcome!

You can also donate at our weekly meetings - every Monday at 5pm in the International Lounge, in the Guild (and if you want to become a volunteer, please feel free to come along!).

Do you already know about READ’s great work?

Find us on Facebook: ‘Read International Book Project Liverpool 2009/10’. Check us out at:

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Here is some information about our project and other ways you can help:

Profit driven book companies in the UK produce 6th, 7th and 8th editions of textbooks every year, which schools are forced to buy in order to maintain an image of being up to date. This results in an abundance of disused, high-quality textbooks gathering dust in UK secondary school cupboards. The aim of Read International Book Projects is to collect these books and send them to secondary schools in Tanzania, where the syllabus is almost identical and is taught in English.

In Tanzania, the government gives each child 30p per year to spend on textbooks, which, if they buy new, will cost them £11 per textbook. We can ship the books to Tanzania for no more than 50p each. Of course, we only take the most useful and up to date books, and any books that are not appropriate, such as politics or religion, are sold online or recycled to generate funding.

We have some huge targets to meet and this is why we need your help! So far, READ has shipped over half a million textbooks to Tanzanian schools. This year, out Liverpool Book Project aims to send another 25,000 books, and will need to raise £7500 by June 2010 in order to fund this target. Whether you want to get involved in contacting schools, picking up books and sorting through them, raising awareness and funds or simply supporting by coming to our weekly meetings, READ is open to everyone and is a great opportunity.

Some of the benefits the READ offers YOU include training in delivering Think Global workshops to Key Stage 3 students focusing on active global citizenship, the opportunity to earn your V50 certificate if you volunteer more than 50 hours of your time, which looks great on your C.V., the chance to actually go to Tanzania yourself in the summer of 2010 and redistribute the books we collect this year, and, of course, a lot of fun!

This is one of the most effective ways to alleviate poverty in Africa.

Hon Margaret Sitta MP, Minister for Education (Tz)

Any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

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